Steepest U.S. rollercoaster at Hersheypark

May 18, 2008 8:56:34 AM PDT
Hersheypark is opening a new roller coaster next weekend - one that it says is the steepest in the nation.

The coaster called Fahrenheit will take riders up 121 feet in a 90-degree ascent. Then it will plummet down a 97-degree drop.

The previous steepest drop was 95 degrees.

The 85-second ride is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday. Fahrenheit also includes an inverted loop and inverted corkscrew roll, and has a maximum speed of 58 miles per hour.

Hersheypark is about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia in central Pennsylvania. The amusement park's last new roller coaster opened in 2004.

Information from: The Patriot-News,